Resources and Guides

  • Community Solar Comm-sol

    If you want to go solar, but aren’t ready or able to put a solar array on your roof, maybe community solar is the way to go for you. With community solar, one solar array (and its economic benefit) is shared by multiple homes or businesses. See if community solar might be right for your neighborhood.

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  • Energy Efficiency Energy-effl

    The simplest way to save money on your energy bill is through conservation. From weatherstripping to smart lighting choices to cool landscaping options, we have more than 50 expert tips to help you keep money in your wallet.

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  • Green Campuses Green-Car

    Colleges and students across the country are making a positive environmental impact through sustainable choices and eco-conscious practices. Take our fun “What’s Your E.Q.?” (Environmental Quotient) quiz and discover what you can be doing to help on your campus.

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  • Green Careers GreenCareers

    From renewable energy to green building, eco-employment is taking off across the country. Find out what jobs you’d be best suited to, what careers are most in demand and what jobs pay the most in this emerging green economy.

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  • How Solar Works How-Solar

    Solar panels sit quietly on rooftops across the country turning sunshine into electricity. Find out what’s going on inside the panel, how the power travels to your home and how the electricity turns into money in your pocket.

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  • Solar Savings Solar-Savings

    There are many ways to maximize the money you can save when you go solar at home. Net metering lets you sell your extra electricity to the utility company, tax incentives can bring your initial costs down a lot, and increased home value can boost your bottom line when you sell.

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  • Solar Certifications Solar-Certifications

    The solar industry is booming and with the right training or college degree you can take advantage of this red-hot opportunity. Learn about the best solar jobs: where they are, how to get them and which ones can make you the most money.

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  • Solar Pros & Cons Solar-Pros-Cons

    There are good and bad aspects to just about everything, solar included. We look all the reasons you may want to put solar panels on your home, and many reasons why you may think again.

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  • Solar Veterans Solar-Veterans

    With more than 13,000 veterans working in the solar industry, there’s a good chance you’d be a good fit for a solar career if you have recently left military service. Find out what programs are available to help veterans launch their clean energy careers.

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Meet the Experts

  • Justin Allender Justin Allender

    Justin received his MBA from Florida State University. He has more than five years of experience in banking, helping his clients with both consumer and commercial needs. As First GREEN Bank’s Portfolio Manager in the Clermont, Florida, area, he reviews existing commercial loans and assists clients who have new borrowing needs.

  • Thom Besch Thom Besch

    Retired Army Col. Thom Besch is the founder of Veteran Solar Systems in Albany, New York. After retiring from the military in 2009, he went on to do everything from solar sales, design, installation, project management and running the regulatory office of a solar energy company before he started Veteran Solar Systems in 2014.

  • Chahine Bourdouane Chahine Bourdouane

    Chahine Bourdouane, a Certified Financial Specialist, joined California’s Green Solar Technologies in 2014. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as the head of the finance department. His diverse background and training enables him to help solar customers find the very best financial options to fit their individual solar needs.

  • Siggi Brocks Siggi Brocks

    Siggi Brocks is a Solar Photovoltaic System Design, Installation and Maintenance instructor at Erwin Technical College in Florida.

  • Grace Caldwell Grace Caldwell

    Grace Caldwell has owned and operated Independent Power Corporation in Reno, Nevada, for 16 years. IPC offers design, engineering and installation of solar systems.

  • Andy Cochran Andy Cochran

    Andy Cochran has worked in real estate for 22 years. He is the first Ecobroker in Vermont. Andy is a past president of the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors and was named Northwestern Vermont’s Realtor of the Year for 2005. He is currently a senior associate for Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

  • Alex Deeter Alex Deeter

    Alex graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. He has been in the solar industry for four years, having worked for a solar manufacturer before joining AMECO. For 42 years, AMECO Solar has provided reliable, cost-effective solar solutions in Southern California, in order to secure a clean energy future and create a better environment for us all.

  • Toren Elste Toren Elste

    Toren Elste is Outreach and Events Specialist in the Department of Sustainability at the University of Washington. She has degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental. “I’m interested in everything from green offices, to paper reduction and green event resources,” she says. “Representing the University of Washington’s commitment to sustainability makes me excited to go to work each day.”

  • Erica Etelson Erica Etelson

    Erica Etelson is a co-founder of Californians for Community Energy, writes frequently about energy and climate and tweets @iluvsolar. She is also a recovering attorney, solar marketing consultant and environmental activist. Her current focus is on climate, regenerative agriculture, and clean energy.

  • Robert Israel Robert Israel

    Robert Israel of BloomTree Realty in Arizona is a Certified Ecobroker. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Prescott College in Arizona in 1996 in psychology, with an emphasis in environmental issues and education. Before becoming a REALTOR® in 2005, Isreal was the Director of Operations and helped to launch the Ecosa Institute, a non-profit school founded in 1999 to train professionals and college level architecture and design students about energy efficient, environmentally sound building design and master planning, otherwise known as Sustainable Design and Green Building.

  • Bill Johnson Bill Johnson

    Bill Johnson lives with his family in Sarasota, Florida, and is founder and president of Brilliant Harvest. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of South Florida Tampa, and a MBA from the University of Florida. He is active throughout the community – having served as the chairman of the board for The Florida Center for Early Childhood (2005-2012) and served on the boards of the Crowley Museum and Nature Center (2006-2010) and the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (2009-present).

  • Henry Jones Henry Jones

    Henry Jones, U.S. Air Force 1986-2010, earned an associate’s degree in electrical systems and is an Erwin Tech solar trainee. As a hands-on learning type of person, he said he wanted to get involved at the ground level with this new source of energy and is excited about taking on the challenge of solar power.

  • Tom Kimbus Tom Kimbus

    Tom Kimbus is the Vice-President of Executive Affairs/General Counsel in Strategy & External Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association. He has been working in renewable energy since 2000, when he began supporting research, analysis, legislative, and planning efforts across all energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy. He served as Director of Market Transformation through 2009, when he began service as Acting Program Manager, managing the $170 million solar energy program of the United States. While at DOE, Kimbus was a founder of the Solar America Initiative, a billion-dollar effort to accelerate solar commercialization. Kimbus currently serves as Chairman of The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit promoting the increased use of solar energy through education and research.

  • Michael Kowal Michael Kowal

    Michael Kowal is an experienced energy attorney working in private equity, primarily focused on renewables and infrastructure. Michael has worked on a wide range of matters as in-house counsel for some of the largest independent renewable energy providers in the United States.

  • Richard Lawrence Richard Lawrence

    Richard Lawrence is executive director for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, which administers certifications for renewable energy professionals in North America. Lawrence, who holds a master’s degree in Environmental Education from Lesley University, has worked as a renewable energy educator and advocate since 2002. He joined NABCEP in 2011 as director of operations and became executive director in 2013.

  • Brandon Little Brandon Little

    Brandon Little is the managing director at Elemental Energy in Portland, Oregon. While studying pre-med, Brandon ran a side-business focused on investing stock in the sustainable energy industry. Brandon invested his money in solar because he believed in its reliability and scalability and eventually decided that he wanted to enact change through solar energy instead of medicine. Little has a degree in renewable energy engineering and has several years of professional experience.

  • Kevin MacLeod Kevin MacLeod

    Kevin MacLeod is the owner of KPS Solar in Bay Shore, New York, and Orlando, Florida. He is NABCEP certified, a Licensed Electrician, and has been installing solar for 15 years. Putting solar on every home on Long Island, eliminating fossil-fueled power plants and creating programs that will do that are his biggest goals.

  • Mike Massimini Mike Massimini

    Mike Massimini served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1986-1994, continues to serve in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, holds his MBA, and is working toward earning his solar contractor’s license with hopes of opening a business with other solar vets. As a veteran, he is used to working with others as a team. He says he’s also used to dealing with challenges, having the mentality of tackling a mission and seeing it through to its completion. For him, solar is a fresh industry and he feels like he’s a sort of pioneer in this new field.

  • Shawn O’Meara Shawn O’Meara

    Shawn O’Meara is a NABCEP Certified PV installer and a journeyman electrician with 23 years of experience. Shawn specializes in solar for residential, commercial and industrial sectors and is currently the Manager of Nevada Operations for SUNWorks, one of the fastest growing solar systems providers in California and Nevada.

  • Brett Pearson Brett Pearson

    Brett Pearson has led Revolve Solar’s marketing team since 2014 and is a proud owner of solar panels. He’s also involved with SunLife, a solar NGO promoting solar power. Revolve Solar is a solar installation company headquartered in Austin, Texas, with multiple locations in Northern California.

  • Dr. David Renné Dr. David Renné

    Dr. David Renné has been president of the International Solar Energy Society since 2010. He is also the Operating Agent of an International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 46 titled “Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting.” He continues to serve as an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal in the field of solar resource assessment. Renné’s other current professional activities include a senior consultant to Clean Power Research, a U.S. company that develops resource assessment and analytical software tools to support large-scale grid-connected solar energy systems. From 1991 until his retirement in 2012 Renné managed the solar resource assessment activities at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He also led and participated in a number of international programs. He still retains an Emeritus status at NREL.

  • Sara Tavery Sara Tavery

    Sara Tavery is a REALTOR®, an Ecobroker and the owner of Robin’s Egg Realty LLC – a boutique real estate brokerage specializing in historic and sustainable homes of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a native of Winston-Salem and a graduate of Wake Forest University. After working for several years in financial services marketing, her love for all things home, as well as her concern for the environment, led her to embark on a green real estate career in 2011. 

  • Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza

    Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza is the Chief Marketing Officer of Solar at Impress Labs, a solar, marketing and communications agency. In addition to providing strategic solar marketing advice to clients, Tor is a leading solar marketing thought leader and solar advocate, writing for various solar blogs and industry publications. Join his 13,000 @SolarFred Twitter followers for daily solar news and commentary.

  • Mathew Vaughn Mathew Vaughn

    Mathew Vaughn is the Central California Coast Regional Sales Manager for Bland Solar & Air, a company with more than 30 years of experience in residential and commercial solar installations.